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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds are supporting the largest-ever coordinated demonstration of PEVs, including nearly 13,000 vehicles and more than 22,000 electric charging points in more than 20 cities across the U.S. While the majority of the vehicle chargers are 240-V AC chargers, another 350 are DC fast-charging points (500-V DC). Companies are matching funding with this $400 million public investment.

This effort includes data collection projects that will provide important and detailed real-world operational data on vehicle usage, time-of-use and charging patterns, and potential impacts on our nation’s electrical grid. The demonstrations will document lessons learned that help streamline infrastructure permitting processes.

One ARRA-funded project is the ECOtality EV Project that is deploying approximately 14,000 chargers in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas located in six states and the District of Columbia: California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.

ECOtality's 240-V-AC Blink Charger. Nissan Leaf charging at a public charger.
Image courtesy of ECOtality. Image courtesy of ECOtality.